x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Driving school 'shares vision'

One of the UAE's leading driving schools has backed The National's Road to Safety campaign.

One of the UAE's leading driving schools has backed The National's Road to Safety campaign. The Dubai-based Emirates Driving Institute (EDI), which claims to be the biggest driving school in the Middle East, said it and the newspaper "share the same vision of making the roads of the UAE safer for drivers and pedestrians". Peter Richardson,the general manager in charge of technical and operations at EDI, said: "When you start to talk to people about safety issues, we see there is a never-ending task ahead of us - to share awareness with other drivers, to find ways to demonstrate that certain styles of driving are of little advantage to them."

Mr Richardson, formerly head of training for the UK-based Institute of Advanced Motorists and a former traffic officer for the British police, said drivers from other countries should have at least a basic understanding of the UAE's road rules, no matter what the standard of driving tests in their home countries. He advocated a graduated licensing system for new drivers and for lorry drivers. Improving the lorry driver- licensing system was particularly important, Mr Richardson said, because at present a driver could get a licence for all types of lorries without even having one for light vehicles.

Mr Richardson also called for a theory test, which, he said, would ensure that learner drivers had retained what they had been taught.